The Gordon revolving rifle is operated by pressing the action
back towards the butt stock. This cocks the hammer and sets
various levers and springs (four of each). When the trigger
is pulled, the hammer fails, setting off the chamber, and releasing
the springs and levers which cock the hammer ready for another shot.
It is not known whether recoil would be sufficient to operate the stock-action.
If not, the action would have to be pulled back after each shot to cock the springs.
Gordon anticipated the use of his action on other types of action, including the Spencer and Henry.